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. yesterday, republican senate leader mitch mcconnell made an emergency call to the vice president joe biden in an evident to jump-start negotiations. heather: if no deal is haed out today, majority leader reid says he will call a vote on a separate white house plan that reflects's original proposal. gregg: chief correspondent mike emanuel kicks off the coverage. mike, where do the things stand in the fiscal cliff talks at this critical late-stage? >> reporter: gregg, there seems to be some hope that conversations between vice president joe biden and senator mitch mcconnell can produce a deal. aides say the two men spoke multiple times last night and will continue working toward a solution. mcconnell called the vice. president bush: after weighing 18 hours from senate majority leader harry reid who seemed to throw in the towel. >> there is still significant difference between two sides and negotiations continue. there is still time left to reach an agreement and we intend to continue negotiations. >> reporter: a big issue is what thresh do you continue the bush tax cuts. the democrats latest
. >> the two people were senate republican lea leader mitch mcconnell and joe biden who worked the phones after talks between mcconnell and harry reid stalled. >> discussions continue today on plan to affect the middle class families from the tax increase tomorrow. there are a number of issues in which the two sides are still apart. negotiations are continuing as i speak. >> the agreement would set the threshold for extending the bush tax cuts at $400,000 for individuals and $450,000 for families. i would set the tax rate for upper income people at 39.6%. the rate under president clinton. the states would be taxed at 40% above $5 million for individuals and $10 million for a married couple. unemployment benefits would be extented a year, as with the medicare doc fix. it would permanently fix the a terptive minimum tax. a big concern for many republicans are there are no new spending cuts. >> history has a way to repeat itself. >> somehow washington never gets the message. >> here we are, 30 years later on the brink of another crisis on new year's eve, still addicted to spending money. >> last f
need a dance partner. >> vice president joe biden is now in on negotiations. >> do i wish that things were more orderly in washington? absolutely. >>> a tour bus crash on an icy oregon highway has killed nine people and injured 20 others. >>> today is december 31st. there's going to be a huge celebration in times square with everyone waiting for that crystal ball to drop. >> just to tell people hey, we were in the crowd in new york city on new year's eve. >>> a fatal plane crash in russia, the impact sending debris flying into oncoming traffic. >>> a scary slip on a frozen lake in the moun tapetains of southern california became a race to save a life. >>> and kim carkardashian is pregnant. >>> intercepted by rob jackson. redskins into the playoffs. rg3. maybe he can solve the fiscal cliff. >>> and all that matters. >> fireworks lit up sydney harbor, beautiful, as people mark the start of 2013. happy new year. >> on "cbs this morning." >>> chuck pagano back on the colts sideline yesterday cancer free as the colts won 28-16. >> i feel so blessed to be back with you g
between harry reid and mitch mcconnel, and mcconnel sat down with the joe biden. maybe it is good cop and expect joe biden to be there to hammer out a deal between the two. >> this is what john thune has to say about republicans and what they want right now. >> republicans don't want to see new revenues and democrat tax increases used for new spending. that's where the members are trydrawing the line right now. senator bob corker is asking for specifics regarding the trillion in cuts that the president referred to on meet the press. and covering that from benghazi and on and on. >> and in your brew with david gregory you offered over one trillion and agreement with congress and avert the fiscal cliff. you are silent on the specifics. wrestling with the national's crisis help us to have a concrete plan and legislative language with you. >> it was interesting, very wide raging . there were not opportunities and he didn't get specifics when he talked about all of the things he's offered. at one point i offered so many changes and entitlements? i askscatched my head and wondered what chan
connell and vice president biden. but up until friday, senator mcconnell, the republican leader, hadn't been consulted, hadn't been advised, hadn't been involved in any of this. so he gets the call at the last minute to try to come in and sort of rescue this, starts a negotiation that goes over the weekend, and then saturday night makes a proposal to the senate democrats and was told that we'll react to your proposal by 10:00 sunday morning. 10:00 sunday morning passes, 11:00, noon, 1:00, 2:00. he comes to the floor and says we haven't heard back. then the majority leader says look, we don't have a counteroffer. we don't have a proposal. so senator mcconnell then gets on the phone with vice president biden, and that's now where those discussions are occurring. they're occurring between vice president biden and senator mcconnell. but my point, mr. president, is this, there are two people in a room deciding incredibly consequential issues for this country while 99 other united states senators and 435 members of the house of representatives, elected by their constituencies to come to washington
. >> do you have a show -- joe biden will talk to anybody. he's a nice guy. have you talked to joe biden? >> i have, but not in relation to this. i met him prior to signing on to this. he's a great guy. i love him. >> did you talk to al gore? >> i talked to a couple of vice presidents. i was keeping that under wraps. i wanted to ask really personal questions like i don't know, when you get up in the middle of the night because you have to go to the bathroom does the secret service follow you? that's an important question. can you see how i take this research seriously? >> we had al gore, that cat is out of the bag. >> because he led. >> did you talk to him? >> i'm not talking. i'm not talking. >> so we always hear about the body man. the body man, you look at reggie love and always a fascinating relationship with the president. you have a fascinating relationship with your body man. >> yes. tony hale from arrested development is my body man. >> i have seen that show. it's fantastic. >> it is fantastic. he is so phenomenally fabulous and he is next to me all the type. so much so they go l
president biden and mitch mcconnell. there's some concern among democrats who have heard that the income threshold for tax rate increases may be going up to 400, 450, $500,000. a source familiar with the talks just phoned me to say the democrats are only considering that under a couple of conditions. one is that if the threshold goes up to that level, the top income tax rate would go all the way back up to the clinton era rate of 39.6%. not some mid point of 37% talked about a couple of weeks ago. secondly, that it would be accompanied by more revenue from the estate tax than is happening under current policy. remember, current policy is 35% tax on estates of $35 million or more. democrats are going to be insisting on somewhat more revenue than that, if not all the way up to the level in president obama's budget. finally, that an agreement would include a significant extension of unemployment benefits. remember, there are 2 million people who would lose about $300 a week if this fiscal cliff passes and there's no deal whatsoever. guys, back to you in d.c. >> all right. john harward, than
of six attending. vice president biden, harry reid, house minority leader nancy pelosi, mitch mcconnell and john boehner representing the republicans. brianna keilar is live from washington. is anybody optimistic that a deal could be done today around a table? >> i will tell you the optimism is sort of sinking. senate majority leader harry reid said he doesn't see how it can get done by january 1st. we heard from president obama before he left from his vacation that he was optimistic. logistically the white house will tell you it's possible. when you listen to what you're hearing some of these congressional leaders say, there's a lot of posturing laying blame to the other side if we do go over the cliff. take a listen. >> republicans are not about to write a blank check for anything senate democrats put forward because we find ourselves at the edge of the cliff. >> we are here in washington working while the members of the house of representatives are out watching movies, watching their kids play soccer, basketball, doing all kinds of things. they should be here. >> now, house sp
'm willing to get this done but i need a dance partner. >>> vice president joe biden is now in on negotiations. >> do i wish things were more order will i in washington? absolutely. >>> a tour bus crashed on an icy oregon highway has killed nine people and injured 20 others. >> today is december 231st. there's going to be a huge celebration in times square with everyone waiting for the crystal ball to drop. >>> new video surfacing from the fate tall plaep crash in russia. sending debris into oncoming traffic. >>> a scary slip on a frozen lake ban an effort to save a life. >>> kim kardashian is pregnant. her boyfriend kanye west broke the news at a concert in atlantic city. >>> heading into the playoffs, rg3. maybe he can solve the fiscal cliff. >>> and all that matters. >> new zealand celebrated a few moments ago shooting fireworks into the sky to welcome 2013. >> on "cbs this morning." >>> chuck pagano was back on the colts' sidelines yesterday cancer-free as the colts took care of the texans, the 28-16. >> i'm so glad to be back with you guys. i'm so proud. thank you. than
of the president's performance while 43 percent disapprove. vice-president joe biden's numbers are in line with the president. >> 54 percent approve of his job performance of 40 percent do not. >> are slated michelle obama has is that your approval rating. the outgoing secretary of state hillary clinton is also popular with a 66 percent approval rating. >> a new gallup poll shows a majority of americans report stricter gun laws that stashed support stricter gun laws. the most are against banning assault weapons. >> 58 percent of americans now say that for stricter gun laws. >> that is up from 43% october 2011. >> the american public is now split on enforcing existing laws that passing new ones. >> 46% of the public was to enforce karloff 47 percent want new legislation. >> the specific law to ban assault weapons which is backed by president obama is not gain much support october 10th. 44 percent support on assault weapons ban, while 51 percent are against it. >> the u.s. state department is criticizing a bill passed by russia's parliament to ban american from adopting russian children. pre
between mitch mcconnell and vice-president biden were making some progress. on that, up went the futures market to show a gain of 80 points for the dow. we're back to showing a gain of 50 or 70 points. watch for head lines, for leaks, for any sound bites that might appear on any news program anywhere and you will have some kind of market reaction. as we countdown to the end of this fiscal cliff, i'm going to call it a debacle because that's exactly what it is. even if we get a very, very narrow deal, whoop-de-doo, we have a debt ceiling problem and amt taxes, government spending, all of those problems outstanding, nothing done. the dow jones industrial average is not done up for the opening bell, it's down, we're 42 points, 48 points going down as of right now. 50 points lower. what did you give, what did you get for christmas this year? chances are, a computer tablet maybe? according to the latest data from cnet, there were 17.4 million tablet activations on christmas day alone, more than double than last year. look at the two leading tablet makers, names that you know, let's start with
villain such as mussolini, stalin and hitler. i don't think joe biden could laugh at them into. and while we have some sidebar sections, one my favorite is a comparison and contrast between the world's three leading architects of the day, frank lloyd wright and tony gaudi, and walter, who it into my nature, god and man, in that order. or robert perry during race for the north pole. the bulk of this book is dedicated to those political forces that reshaped this entry. as one who gravitates towards the great man theory in most of my history, i was almost at a loss for words last week at a book signing event when a questioner asked me who's the most important person in your book? dawned on me, this really isn't a book about most important people. it's a book about great ideas, and terrible ideas, ideas that in the course of the century were tested in the most climactic of ways, war. but the most important of the ideas that we discuss is something many writers and intellectuals provided lipservice to, american exceptionalism, but which no one has really defined. we are kind of surprise as we
into law. let's talk about some, joe biden, for example, gets a raise 225 to now $231,000. we move on to a couple of others, if we can spin through to give you an example. john boehner increase of $1,000, so they're not enormous raises, they are fairly mottdest, right, peter? >> they are fairly modest, it affects not only congress, but the supreme court justices and also includes senior executives in the executive branch. the cost of this, according to the congressional budget office, is going to be about 1 billion dollars a year with this increase for senior executives in government. so, literally, think about this. they're talking about the fiscal cliff, they're talking about raising taxes and cutting spending. the only thing that's been accomplished thus far is to raise spending by about a billion dollars a year. >> dave: i think in particular rubs americans the wrong way when they see this, members of congress average salary, 174,000. average american, $48,000. that's on top of the fact that we see all the time, they take off, these long recesses and oh, by the way not passing
in the second term be spending more time out raising money for other democrats or maybe vice president biden if he decides to run rather than being in the white house doing the work that he was elected to do? caller: i believe if a president -- if president obama is out there campaigning, he's doing it for the american people, simple as that. guest: the caller hit some important point. campaigning is very much a means to an end. presidents don't capability -- campaign cause they don't do their job. they believe it will help them do their job more effective. and campaigning, a president with a second term can get closer to that more perfect union. they're in a stronger position to intact his priorities. so it's certainly the case that campaigning is part of the process. and if hamilton were here today, who knows what he would say but perhaps he could echo the sentments that he would keep the presidents in closer touch with the people. one thing is spending too much time in a white house or being out of touch with the people so when presidents are taking their case to the people, you could arg
revenues whatsoever. we had meetings with the vice president, biden and cantor. cantor walked out of those meetings. he is the majority leader in the house. we had the gang of six, the gang of eight. we had this super committee, and they were doing good things, good things, dealing with entitlements and revenues. and a week before they were to report, buy virtue of statute, i get a letter signed by virtually every republican, too bad about the super committee, we're not going to do anything with revenues. so this is not a capsule of a couple of days. this has been going on for years. they cannot cross over the threshold that has been built by grover norquist. people who are rich, who make a lot of money, they are not opposing raising the taxes on them. the only people in america who don't think taxes should be raised on the rich are the republicans who work in this building. so any time the speaker and the republican leader come to the president and say we have got a deal for you, the president's door is always open, and mine is, too. mr. mcconnell: mr. president? the presiding officer: th
to allow any taxes for revenues whatsoever. we had meetings with the vice president biden and cantor. he walked out of it. he's the majority leader in the house. we had this supercommittee and they were doing good things. good things. dealing with entitlements and revenues and a week before they were to report, by virtue of a statute, i get a letter signed by virtually every republican, too bad about the supercommittee. we're not going to do anything with revenues. >> okay. i think that's a good place to end this. what you're hearing is the history of what has happened to bring us to this point. i want to bring in our congressional correspondent dana bash. dana, i was just sitting here imagining someone turning on their tv thinking, what a these people talking about? and i think i would sort of boil it down to this. when they are talking on the floor, that's never a good sign. they should be talking in a back room. they have gotten nowhere. we are where we are and nobody has agreed on to come up with something. >> reporter: that is right, candy. this is the kind of stuff that we watch an
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